Mus­lim man hacked, burnt in Ra­jasthan

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Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice O.P. Gal­ho­tra told a press con­fer­ence in Jaipur that it was a bru­tal crime and

did not look like one com­mit­ted by a nor­mal hu­man be­ing. He said ex­tra po­lice forces had been de­ployed in Ra­jsamand dis­trict and the ad­min­is­tra­tion had sus­pended mobile in­ter­net ser­vices.

Civil rights groups de­manded the im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion of Chief Min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje for her ‘failure to stop the lynch­ing of Muslims.’

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Home Min­is­ter Gu­lab Chand Kataria de­scribed the video as “gut-wrench­ing” and promised strin­gent ac­tion. He said a Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team had been set up to probe the case.

Ms. Raje con­demned the mur­der and ap­pre­ci­ated the prompt ar­rest of the ac­cused.

In a state­ment, the Chief Min­is­ter said she had di­rected that the ac­cused be pros­e­cuted in the short­est pos­si­ble time. “This is a deplorable act which needs to be con­demned in the strong­est pos­si­ble terms,” she said.

The ac­cused is said to have taken Khan, whom he had em­ployed in the past, to his agri­cul­tural farm on the pre­text of giv­ing him work, on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. The vic­tim’s half-burnt body was spot­ted the next day in the field, just 700 me­tres from the Dis­trict Col­lec­torate.

The vic­tim’s iden­tity was con­firmed only af­ter the video sur­faced on so­cial me­dia.

The Peo­ple’s Union for Civil Lib­er­ties and other rights groups ac­cused the BJP gov­ern­ment of pro­vid­ing “ab­so­lute im­punity” to those in­volved in lynch­ing Muslims and their sup­port­ers.

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